RAAW Mountain Bikes (Germany) - Press Release: A hidden gem nestled close to the French border and one of the stars of the Portes du Soleil area. A place still dominated by downhill bikes that offers four tracks, built to absolute perfection and with an intimidating character. Not the place you’d expect to show up with a 135 mm bike. But somehow, I was sitting next to my full-face helmet on the chairlift up to the top of the bikepark.
It was one of those brilliant summer days with friends and frankly, I was a little nervous of what I’d got myself into. Two pedal strokes later and I realized that the track we were about to drop into started with an optional gap into the first berm that I now had to hit. Then, like a switch, it happened. The bike didn’t shy away from the ensuing madness one bit and the party was on! It was so direct, every ounce of input translated straight away into action and the feedback from the chassis simply screamed for more.
It wasn’t long before I’d bitten off more than I could chew and the Jibb’s short travel needed a bit of help from my side. But even those close-calls were handled as a team and with some steadfast reassurance, leaving me to ride them out with a grin plastered on my face like a kid who’d just gotten away with murder.
The Jibb wasn’t designed to replace downhill bikes, and it won’t. But it is made to ride up, down and chase its tail all over the mountains. It brings the Madonna’s DNA to an all-around more playful package and entices you to be an active part of the ride. The Jibb does demand more involvement from the rider when things get rough but doesn’t shy away from the big stuff one bit. The chassis gives you all the feedback and confidence you need and makes it an ideal companion for long rides in the hills all the way through to wild bike park days.
135mm in the back and 150mm up front give the bike a very defined feel. There’s no chance of losing yourself somewhere in the travel while also not slamming into the end of it all day long. The bike will also accept a 160mm travel fork like a dream, although the geometry will change slightly.
The seated position on the Jibb is very centred without feeling cramped. Compared to the Madonna, the saddle position is a touch further back to make up for the 10mm shorter reach. The result is a similar riding position between the same sized Jibb and Madonna V2.
The static BB drop is 35mm just like the Madonna. But the dynamic height is a little higher due to the shorter travel. This makes the Jibb feel more active, easier to pull up and be played with on the trail.
The Jibb comes in four different sizes from S to XL all with 29” wheels front and rear.
We believe it’s very important to have balance between the front and rear of the bike. That’s why the chain stays grow in proportion with the front of the bike. The different sizes come with growing chain stay lengths following what we think fits best. But we appreciate that riders have their own preferences. So we also offer additional inserts in our shop to change and experiment with different chain stay lengths. At the front, the 65.5° head tube angle gives the rider plenty of traction at the front wheel, resulting in confidence and control. The feedback you get from the Jibb in corners invites you to let go off the brakes completely.
- Travel front/ back 135 / 150 (+10)
- Wheel size 29” (740-755 mm)
- Max tire width 2.6” (66 mm)
- Tire clearance 84 mm
- Rear hub 148 x 12
- Shifting One-by only, boost, 36t max
- BB 73 mm BSA / ISCG05
- Brake 203 mm Postmount
- Seat tube diameter 31.6 mm inside, 35 mm outside
- Internal seatpost routing yes
- Seatpost max insert S 205 mm / M 230 mm / L 255 mm / XL 280 mm
- Headset 44 / 56 Zero stack
- Cable routing All external
- Tire to seat tube clearance 10 – 18 mm (depending on size and tire)
- Shock hardware Ball bearings and hardware included
- Bearings main pivot 2 x 61808-2RS1 (52 x 40 x7)
- Bearings other pivots 10 x 91903-2RS1 (28 x 15 x 7)
- Recommended fork dimensions ATC 560 mm – Rake 44 mm
- Shock dimensions 185x55 – Trunnion
- Weight 3.6kg (incl. all hardware, w/o shock, size M)
- Material AL 6066 T6
- Colours Matt Black and raw with matt clear coat